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Italian Nibali wins 2014 Tour de France
Italy's Vincenzo Nibali (R) wearing the overall leader's yellow jersey toasts champagne with Astana teammates. Photo: Jean-Paul Pelissier/AFP

Italian Nibali wins 2014 Tour de France

AFP/The Local · 27 Jul 2014, 19:30

Published: 27 Jul 2014 19:30 GMT+02:00

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Vincenzo Nibali completed his victory in the 2014 Tour de France on Sunday as German sprinter Marcel Kittel won the final stage on the Champs Elysees in Paris.

Nibali finished safely in the peloton to succeed Briton Chris Froome as Tour champion.

Jean-Christophe Peraud was second with fellow Frenchman Thibaut Pinot third.

Kittel matched Nibali's four stage wins on this year's Tour with Norway's Alexander Kristoff second in Paris and Ramunas Navardauskas of Lithuania third.

Nibali went straight to his wife and baby daughter after crossing the finish line to embrace both and celebrate with his family.

The 29-year-old Italian first took the yellow jersey on the second stage and although he lost it on the ninth stage, he claimed it straight back on Bastille Day, 24 hours later.

Sunday's 137.5km 21st and final stage from Evry was always likely to end in a bunch sprint, with Nibali's Astana team manager Alexander Vinokourov the last person to win from an escape in 2005.

Australian Richie Porte gave it a go with a loan break but Kittel's Giant-Shimano team and fellow German Andre Greipel's Lotto-Belisol squad led the chase.

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When it came into the final few hundred metres, Kittel launched first but was overtaken by Kristoff, himself a winner of two stages at this Tour.

But the German found a second wind and came back at the Katusha sprinter to charge through and match exactly his feat from last year.

Then too he won four stages -- including both the first and last -- and wore the yellow jersey for a day on stage two.

AFP/The Local (ben.mcpartland@thelocal.com)

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